State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today offered his full support for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) workgroup and its realignment recommendations for Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport released January 7*. The report recommended sustaining the current level of operations for Youngstown’s air traffic control towers, referred to as Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities (TRACON).

“With the high level of military training that we have operating in and out of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, it is important that we maintain the radar facilities as they’re currently configured,” Rep. Boccieri said. “Keeping our controllers local allows the military to better train and air traffic control to better serve commercial operations while maintaining the viability of our airport operations.”

The Section 804 Collaborative Workgroup is a product of the FAA that develops reports to support the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System and looks for cost savings at FAA facilities. The Workgroup’s reports are released for public comment and delivered to Congress.

State Representative John Boccieri is both a military and commercial pilot.

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